ERIC Number: ED203502
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Organizational Frame Analysis: A Case Study.
Foster, William P.
Organizational frame analysis may provide a useful alternative to traditional organizational theory, which focuses on organizations as goal-meeting structures. According to Elkind, "frames are the set of implicit rules, expectancies, and understandings that regulate social behavior in repetitive situations." While frames are normally conceived of as affecting individuals' role perceptions and actions, expectations also exist regarding the behavior of organizations. The organizational trauma surrounding a court-ordered desegregation plan involving the consolidation of eleven urban and suburban school districts into one larger district provided data for a case study of organizational framing processes. The study showed that the various parties involved in the decision-making process tended to be caught in their own "framing" of events, resulting in frame ambiguity and frame conflict. (Author/PGD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Organizational Analysis; Organizational Frames
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Los Angeles, CA, April 13-17, 1981).